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What to expect when visiting a conservatory showroom

Thousands of UK home owners each year take the decision to add a Conservatory as a way of making the most of their home. The choice and variety of what’s available is massive and can be accessed at a variety of levels. But the first step is often a visit to a showroom. What should you expect when you do this and how can you make the most of it?

From the start it’s important to be prepared. Go to the showroom with your homework already done. What size/space is available for the conservatory? Are there are features or challenges to bear in mind? Do you have any idea what look or style you’re after. Go with an open mind but be prepared. One great tip is to come along with some photos on your phone or tablet so that staff at the showroom can get an idea of what is on the table.

When you visit you’ll probably be confronted with a number of pre-built examples of conservatories. Some showrooms go to considerable lengths to present a number of alternatives that you can go in, look around and be in. This can be a little overwhelming for some so do take your time. Although these are pre-built look at the details and try and imagine them in your own home/garden. How do they feel?

As you travel round you can expect to be accompanied by sales staff. Again, this environment can bring on a number of reactions. Take your time, listen to what they’re saying. With the research you’ve already done you should be well informed and able to discuss what options present themselves. It’s worth saying that the cheapest option isn’t always the best.

Then you may sit down for a design appointment. Many showrooms will have a variety of flexibility in what they can offer – from the look of the overall conservatory down to the detail of fittings. Remember the pre-built examples mean you can take another look.

Like most purchasing experiences a little time in the showroom can pay dividends so go slow and be thorough. With this approach it can be a good experience and a good step towards your own conservatory.

It should describe the kind of experience a customer should expect when visiting a conservatory showroom, from looking around pre-built examples of conservatories to speaking with sales staff and design appointments.

Tips That Will Save Big on Car Insurance

Tip 1: Give the car insurance company all details that they require. Details regarding your annual mileage, your car’s safety features and installed equipment, zip code, marital status and your driving record would be needed to ascertain all the discounts you may qualify for. This will help the company give you the best quote possible. In the absence of these details, the insurance company will quote their highest price. This is just to cover themselves, so you can’t wave it in their face later, if it turns out you’re not an optimum risk.

Tip 2: To cover your car according to your needs, you may get insurance quotes that could vary up to 300%, meaning if one company quotes 1000, another may quote 3000 for the same car and the same coverage. Just by comparing quotes from various companies, you could end up saving hundreds of bucks annually. Even your old car insurance company may be offering lower rates to new customers. You can negotiate the same deal for yourself.

Tip 3: If there’s anyway to reduce your annual mileage, do it. Most companies have discounts for cars that do less than 40 miles a day on an average. Travelling by train or flying for vacations can also help reduce miles on your car. This will cut a lot of precious dollars off your insurance quote.

Tip 4: Switching drivers could be a good option. A few more quid could be shaved off the insurance quote, if a female driver drives a truck or a male driver drives a minivan. Teenage drivers need to be insured on a family car or a sedan instead of a sports car. Ultimately the insurance company looks at the risk of covering your car. The lesser the risk, the lesser is the car insurance quote.

Tip 5: Bump up your ‘excess’. In the UK you are at liberty to increase the amount you’ll pay in the event of a claim, before the insurance company stumps up. If the minimum they ask for is 100, but you volunteer 500, your premiums can be lower.

Tip 6: Get ‘third party fire and theft’ on older cars. Old Bessy is not worth getting ‘fully comp’ on. Three years of fully comprehensive may be worth more than the car itself!

Tip 7: Buy a mediocre car. A smart car is a thief magnet, and is usually more powerful. Drivers are likely to drive more recklessly in a sports car. Some are expensive to repair. These factors cause the premium to be higher.

Do your research before you buy. Before you buy a new or used car, check into insurance costs. Premiums are based in part on the car’s price, repair costs, its overall safety record, and the likelihood of it being stolen.

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